Energy Action Network (EAN) is pleased to announce our 2021 Summer Internship Program.  Applications are now being accepted for college and graduate-school students (rising juniors and above) excited by EAN’s mission of achieving Vermont’s climate and energy commitments in ways that create a more just, thriving, and sustainable future for Vermonters. Specific goals for the Network are focused on helping Vermont meet our Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) requirements to reduce greenhouse gas pollution 26% below 2005 levels by 2025, 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050, along with the goals of the Comprehensive Energy Plan, which includes achieving 90% of Vermont’s total energy needs from renewable sources by 2050. 

EAN (the non-profit) is a mission-driven organization founded in 2012 to serve as a backbone organization for EAN the Network, a broad and diverse collection of over 200 member organizations and public partners who are committed to helping Vermont achieve important climate, clean energy, and energy justice goals and aspirations.  EAN’s work is done in a “collective impact” framework, supported by a Board of Directors and core staff.  Serving as a Summer Intern will provide an exciting and impactful opportunity to engage with and help inform the future actions of climate, clean energy, sustainability, and energy justice leaders throughout the state.   

Internship Areas of Focus  

Each Summer Intern will develop and carry out a defined research, writing, and/or social media project directly related to the ongoing work of EAN.  Applicants are encouraged to review the EAN website and the 2019 Annual Progress Report and are encouraged to propose your key areas of interest and one or more possible projects for your internship.  Examples of possible internship projects are provided below. They are illustrative only.  Other creative and impactful suggestions are welcome as well.   

  • Conduct a piece of research or analysis that could support the work of the Vermont Climate Council, expand the EAN Emissions Pathways Model, or be featured in the EAN 2022 Annual Progress report.  
  • Research and write a series of case studies describing energy policies and initiatives in other states addressing issues of energy inequity or equitable GHG reduction strategies, and analyze how they might apply in Vermont.  
  • Write, edit, and produce a series of 5-minute videos highlighting key findings in the forthcoming 2020/21 Annual Progress Report.  Develop and help implement a statewide dissemination strategy. 

The final area of focus for each internship will be determined during the selection and interview process, prior to the start of each internship. 

Work Environment 

Typically, EAN operates out of our office on State Street in downtown Montpelier.  However, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, all staff are currently working remotely and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.   

Team Engagement

Both interns will be mentored and supported by Christine Donovan, an EAN Senior Fellow and former Board Member.  This will be supplemented by periodic team engagement and interaction with: Jared Duval, Executive Director, Cara Robechek, Network Manager, and Mei Butler, Dashboard and Data Manager. 

At least 3 one-hour Zoom teleconferences will be held with the interns each week.  This will help ensure the interns are welcomed into EAN, experience thoughtful and substantive discussions and interactions with Christine and staff, and enjoy a sense of teamwork and engagement during their internships.  In addition, Christine will be available via cell phone for consultation, brainstorming, etc. at any time during normal business hours.  Christine will engage Jared, Cara, and Mei as appropriate.   

Summer Intern Qualifications 

  • College or Graduate School Student, enrolled in higher education for at least the last two years
  • GPA of 3.3 or higher 
  • Demonstrated research, writing, and verbal communication skills
  • Successful experience working independently and producing pre-determined final products on time and with a high-level of professionalism
  • Passion for helping lead the transition to a clean energy, decarbonized economy
  • Prior course work, internships, or employment in energy efficiency, renewable energy, clean transportation, or related sustainability issues 
  • Reliable access to the internet as well as access to a personal computer and/or laptop 
  • Proficient with WORD, Excel, Power Point, YouTube, and other forms of social media

Application Process and Schedule

Please send a cover letter, a resume, two letters of recommendation, and a 3-to-5 page writing sample by Friday, April 9 at 5 pm to: Christine Donovan at ctdonovan@aol.com Interviews will be conducted via Zoom during the weeks of April 19 and 26.  All applicants will be notified of their status by Friday, May 7.  

Stipend 

A $3,750 stipend is available for each of two Summer Interns for a 10-week, 25 hour per week internship beginning Tuesday, June 8 and ending Friday, August 13.  

EAN is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact EAN

  • Jared Duval

    Jared Duval

    Executive Director
    802‑829‑7421   jduval@eanvt.org
  • Cara Robechek

    Cara Robechek

    Network Manager
    802-552-8450   cara@eanvt.org
  • Mei Butler

    Mei Butler

    Dashboard and Data Manager
    802-391-0964   mbutler@eanvt.org
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